What are Frequently Asked Questions About Letter Carriers?

Will Letter Carriers Cross a Picket Line?

There are numerous variables that could make such circumstances extremely complex. For further information on how your Post Office™ will deal with a specific situation, contact your local Post Office.


Can Letter Carriers Deliver Mail in a Private Vehicle?

Rural carriers often use personally owned vehicles to deliver mail along their routes. Although letter carriers in cities usually drive the familiar United States Postal Service® delivery trucks, there may be situations where these letter carriers may also transport mail using privately owned vehicles.


Are Letter Carriers Required to Wear Uniforms?

Different jobs within the United States Postal Service® may or may not require that the employee wear a uniform. As a general rule, uniforms are usually required by postal employees who meet both of the following criteria:

  • Work visibly with the public (including city letter carriers, clerks, postmasters and other retail personnel) and
  • Average 4 hours or more a day in this visible capacity.

Based on these criteria, certain types of postal employees may not be required to wear official United States Postal Service® uniforms. These include:

  • Rural carriers.
  • Employees who work in areas generally not accessible to the public.
  • Employees who generally less than 4 hours a day in a position visible to the public.


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